Breeze Airways now offers direct flights from Richmond to San Francisco
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — To celebrate its one-year anniversary in Richmond, Breeze Airways has announced four highly anticipated new direct flights. Breeze will now fly direct from Richmond to San Francisco, Hartford, Jacksonville and Providence, totaling nine flights from the river cityincluding current flights to Charleston, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Tampa and West Palm Beach.
Breeze Airways CEO David Neelman said the company wanted to focus on lifestyle.
“We are creating these spaces where people can live in Charleston. They can fly during the day and return at night. So it’s just a better life,” Neelman said. “We focus on the lifestyle.”
Neelman also co-founded Morris Air, WestJet, JetBlue and Azul Linhas Aereas.
“You don’t add new towns to a town if it’s not doing well, so we’re really happy with how things are going here in Richmond,” Neelman said.
Vice President of Airline Marketing at Airbus North America, Matthew Saks, said nonstop flights will use the newest addition to the Airbus family of aircraft, the Airbus A220, which uses a 3:2 configuration and is more fuel efficient. The plane will also have fewer seats than passengers are used to seeing on larger planes. The A220 will have 126 seats, compared to the typical larger aircraft which can seat 200 or more.
“It also ensures passengers have the most comfortable experience possible,” Saks said. “So when you get on the plane, you’ll notice that the plane has bigger windows, it’s lighter, it’s more airy, and the passenger, from their point of view, will have a really comfortable ride and will enjoy his time on the plane.”
Neelman said nonstop flights will move hub-to-hub, meaning the airline — and its customers — will save money with no connections.
“We just picked towns in Richmond that have a lot of people traveling, and then we boosted it with the lowest fare, and, you know, we always say, ‘We’ll get you there twice as fast, but half the price’,” Neeman said.